2006 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 39

Week 39 (12/19/2006)


Everyone at America’s Best Flowers wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year.


“Why does Santa have three gardens?…..So he can ho-ho-ho!!”


For the gardeners on your list, America’s Best Flowers has some great last-minute gift suggestions:


Sundials and Stands…add a touch of class to any garden.


Copper Fire Pits, Gliding Benches & Fabulous Fountains…for charm.


Shepherd’s Hooks and Plant Stands…such a practical idea.


Gloves in all sizes, for all purposes…a gardener can never have enough.


Tools…with the right tool, any job is easier. 


Wind Chimes for Bird-lovers…and everyone else, too.


Lots of garden accessories…boost the “fun” factor.




            Norfolk Pines…


                        In a beautiful Scheurich pot…add elegance to any home.


“What do you call a cat on a beach at Christmas?…..Sandy Claus!”


Still unsure??  America’s Best Flowers Gift Cards are available in any denomination.  Our gift cards never expire or lose value.  No time to shop?  Just call us – we’ll be glad to mail your gift card for you!


“What do you call a bunch of grandmasters of chess bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?…..Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!”



Bonnie’s Kitchen


This recipe is from a friend of mine, Sue, from church. It makes a lot, and can be halved. Deeeeeeeeelicious!


Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies


9 cups flour                                                         Preheat oven to 350

1 ½ t salt

3 c butter

4 ½ c sugar

6 eggs

3 t vanilla

1 t almond extract

1 ½ t baking soda

9 T sour cream


Melt the butter and add sugar, then eggs, sour cream, vanilla and almond extract. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, and work into butter mixture.


Chill overnight.  Cut into desired shapes, using ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake at 350 until edges brown a bit.



This is a recipe from the Crisco Co. and is really “nummy”!


Cherry Chewbillies

Crust                                                                             Preheat oven to 350

1 c walnut pieces, divided

1 ¼ c all purpose flour

½ c firmly packed brown sugar

½ c butter flavored Crisco

½ c flake coconut



2 packages (8oz each) cream cheese, softened

2/3 c granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 t vanilla extract

1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling


Heat oven to 350. Grease 13x9x2” pan with Butter Flavor Crisco. Set aside. Chop ½ c nuts coarsely for topping.  Set aside.  Chop remaining ½ c finely.


For crust; combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in Crisco until fine crumbs form. Add ½ c finely chopped nuts and the coconut.  Mix well. Remove ½ c and set aside. Press remaining crumbs in bottom of pan. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.


For filling; beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla in small bowl at medium speed with electric mixer until smooth.  Spread over hot baked crust.  Return to oven and bake 15 minutes longer.  Spread cherry pie filling over cheese layer. Combine reserved coarsely chopped nuts and reserved crumbs.  Sprinkle evenly over cherries.  Return to oven.  Bake 15 minutes longer.  Cool. Refrigerate several hours.  Cut into bars, about 2”X 1 ½”.


Prep. Time 15 minutes

Bake time 45 minutes.


Makes 36 bars.


“A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards.  She says to the clerk, ‘May I have 50 Christmas stamps?’


The clerk says, ‘What denomination?’


The woman says, ‘God help us.  Has it come to this?  Okay, give me 6 Catholic, 12 Presbyterian, 10 Lutheran and 11 Baptists.’”


Carol and Ed Knapton, owners of Americas's Best Flowers You’ll Love Your Garden … It’s Our Promise! May the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
Sec – Treasurer Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
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